Home of Samuel Francis Smith, Newton Massachusetts. Author of ?America?.
- Home of Samuel Francis Smith, Newton Massachusetts. Author of ?America?.
Samuel Francis Smith wrote the hymn "America" in 1831, an accomplishment that made him one of Newton's most famous residents in his lifetime. The Samuel Francis Smith Homestead Society was established in 1958 with the purpose of purchasing and maintaining the Dr. Smith's home in Newton Centre. The Smith Homestead was built in 1836 and in 1842, Smith accepted a position as Pastor of the First Baptist Church in Newton Centre. In 1880, Dr. Smith completed The History of Newton. He resided at 1181 Centre Street until his death on November 16, 1895. The structure suffered two fires. The first occurred on the night of July 3, 1968, damaged the home and the second, on the afternoon of May 3, 1969, destroyed it.
- Watertown Free Public Library
- Collection (local):
Smith, Samuel Francis--1808=1895
Architecture, Domestic--Newton (Mass)--History
Newton (Mass.)--Social life and customs
City and town life--Massachusetts--Newton
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